A Red Kite that flew over Thornton towards the west on 27th June.
A Trout leaps for joy at the arrival of 16 Common Scoter during the heavy rain of the 6th July.
This photo shows 16 birds, with just 2 females. Common Scoter breed on the high lands of Scandinavia. The groups that we see at this time of year tend to be mainly males ,as the females are with young. It seems that some take a route from the Wash to the Severn. This group beats the 13 I had at Thornton on June 8th 2002. They had gone the next day. Well done Dave for finding them.
A flock of 8 Common Sanpipers were photographed by Dave Wright at Thornton on Saturday.It is a strange time of year to have so many. Too late for breeding birds going north and too early for birds returning. Perhaps they are failed breeders, that have been affected by the changing levels of our northern rivers.